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Learning About Marine Sediments Using Real Data part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Introductory Courses:Activities
Kristen St. John, James Madison University
This exercise set explores marine sediments using real core photos and composition data from the scientific ocean drilling programs DSDP, ODP, and IODP in an inquiry-based approach.

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Visualizing Global Earthquakes – Where and Why do Earthquakes Occur? part of Cutting Edge:Enhance Your Teaching:Visualization:Examples
Cara Harwood, University of California-Davis
In this activity students visualize the distribution and magnitude of earthquakes at and below the surface of Earth and how their distribution is related to plate boundaries. Earthquakes are visualized on a 3D ...

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Where is that chunk of crust going? part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Introductory Courses:Activities
Vince Cronin, Baylor University
I introduce students to GPS, frames of reference, and the permanent GPS stations in the EarthScope Plate Boundary Observatory (PBO) in class, and obtain near-real-time data for two stations from UNAVCO. We use ...

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How do Faults Slip: Earthquakes versus Episodic Tremor and Slip part of Cutting Edge:Topics:Deep Earth:Activities
Mike Brudzinski, Miami University-Oxford
A comparison of earthquakes and episodic tremor and slip using GPS and seismic data to illustrate how faults slip.

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Visualizing Earthquakes at Divergent Plate Margins part of Cutting Edge:Enhance Your Teaching:Visualization:Examples
Cara Harwood, University of California-Davis
In this activity students visualize the distribution and magnitude of earthquakes at divergent plate boundaries. Earthquakes are visualized on a 3D globe, making it easy to see their distribution within ...

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Earthquakes part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Introductory Courses:Activities
Achim Herrmann, George Washington University
This activity uses geoinformatics to understand the world around us with an emphasis on earthquakes.

Sonar Demonstration -- Human Sound Wave part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Oceanography:Activities
Kent Syverson, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Sonar technology allowed scientists to produce high-resolution maps of the sea floor for the first time. This sonar demonstration uses a Human Sound Wave to image the "sea floor" in a lecture hall. In ...

Late-semester lecture/activity using seismic focal mechanisms part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Structural Geology:Activities
Jon Lewis
This late-semester lecture/activity uses seismic focal mechanisms to build on already-covered concepts of friction, elasticity (rheology), and 3D thinking, and to expand the discussion to include seismic first ...

What does the core/mantle boundary look like? part of Cutting Edge:Topics:Deep Earth:Activities
Suzanne Baldwin, Syracuse University
This activity explores how earth scientists infer what materials are present at the core mantle boundary and what this boundary might look like. It provides students with the opportunity to contribute to the ...

Adopt a Blob part of Cutting Edge:Topics:Deep Earth:Activities
Catherine Cooper, Washington State University-Vancouver
Blobs are everywhere in the deep Earth! Students will adopt a "blob" and develop the various associated observable anomalies for it (tomography, gravity, etc). There could also be a potential for students ...

Recognizing and mapping faults using lidar and field data part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Structural Geology:Structure, Geophysics, and Tectonics 2012:Activities
Anne Egger, Central Washington University
In this activity, students create a geologic map and cross-section of the Fish Springs cinder cone and surrounding area in the Owens Valley, CA, using a high-resolution DEM developed from airborne lidar data as a ...

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Assesing the angle of subduction using GeoMapApp part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Structural Geology:Structure, Geophysics, and Tectonics 2012:Activities
Rory McFadden, Salem State University
This activity has students determine the angle of subduction using GeoMapApp. Students use datasets available within GeoMapApp to examine the influence of the age of oceanic lithosphere and convergence rate on the ...

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Exercise on the Mesozoic/Cenozoic Development of the North American Cordillera part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Structural Geology:Structure, Geophysics, and Tectonics 2012:Activities
Steven Wojtal, Oberlin College
This assignment is intended to have students use the map reading skills they have learned in previous labs and their understanding of the lower crust and upper mantle derived from classroom lectures and ...

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Taking the Pulse of Yellowstone's part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Structural Geology:Structure, Geophysics, and Tectonics 2012:Activities
Beth Pratt-Sitaula, UNAVCO
In this activity, students learn about volcanism in Yellowstone National Park, focusing on its history of eruption, recent seismicity, hydrothermal events, and ground deformation. They learn how scientists monitor ...

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HMK 1_Plate Boundaries: Present, future, & past part of Cutting Edge:Topics:Geodesy:Activities
Brian Hampton, Michigan State University; , Michigan State University
This project builds on in-class exercises and lectures by having students learn to identify modern, future, and past plate boundaries. Students will use trends in topography, distribution of earth quake and ...

Structural Geology 'Research' Conference part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Structural Geology:Structure, Geophysics, and Tectonics 2012:Activities
Julie Willis, Brigham Young University-Idaho
In this assignment students read and discuss a peer-reviewed journal article and prepare for and attend our class 'research' conference. In the conference they present on an area of current research as ...

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Visualizing Earthquakes at Convergent Plate Margins part of Cutting Edge:Enhance Your Teaching:Visualization:Examples
Cara Harwood, University of California-Davis
In this activity students visualize the distribution and magnitude of earthquakes at convergent plate boundaries. Earthquakes are visualized on a 3D globe, making it easy to see their distribution within ...

Bragg's Law part of Cutting Edge:Topics:Deep Earth:Activities
Glenn Richard, SUNY at Stony Brook
"ON A COLD WINTER DAY IN DECEMBER, 1955, Robert Wentorf Jr. walked down to the local food co-op in Niskayuna, New York, and bought a jar of his favorite crunchy peanut butter. This was no ordinary shopping ...

Wave Interference part of Cutting Edge:Topics:Deep Earth:Activities
Glenn Richard, SUNY at Stony Brook
This activity engages students in the exploration of interference between sinusoidal wave forms. They use an interactive applet to manipulate the phase, wavelength, amplitude, and phase velocity of two waveforms ...

Introduction to Moment Magnitude part of Cutting Edge:Early Career:Previous Workshops:Workshop 2011:Teaching Activities
John Jasbinsek, California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo
This activity reviews body-wave magnitude, and takes a closer look at its merits. Then moment magnitude is defined and contrasted with body-wave magnitude. The 2004 Parkfield earthquake is used to illustrate moment ...